July 20, 2005

Patriots linebacker Bruschi to miss season

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New England Patriots linebacker Tedy
Bruschi will sit out the 2005 season while he recovers from a
stroke, the team announced on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old Bruschi suffered a mild stroke in February,
10 days after leading the Patriots to a 24-21 victory over the
Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl.

"It has been an offseason of many emotional highs and lows
for Tedy and his family," Patriots director of media relations
Stacey James said in a statement.

"With the Patriots' training camp reporting date now just
over a week away, Tedy has reached a decision on his playing
status for the upcoming season and has declared his intentions
to forgo the 2005 campaign."

The 6-foot-1, 250-pound Bruschi had been attending
offseason workouts amid speculation the 10-year NFL veteran
would return for the season.

"All offseason, we have seen and felt Tedy's strong and
upbeat presence," head coach Bill Belichick said. "As usual, we
will keep the focus on the short term and address the future in
due course.

"We are pleased Tedy continues to be part of the team and
he has our complete support."